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Microsoft Adamant to Catch Rustock Bot-herders, Offers $250K Reward

Microsoft has offered a $250,000 reward for anyone who gives information which leads to the arrest of hackers responsible for the Rustock botnet.

The software giant, in a joint effort with law enforcement agencies, had brought down the infamous Rustock botnet which was known to have infected millions of PCs around the world at its peak.

The company continued its assault on the botnet and even ran advertisements in Russian newspapers, encouraging anyone with the information about the botnet herders to come forward.

Microsoft has gone a step further now by offering a cool $250,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the hackers that are maintaining the botnet.

“This reward offer stems from Microsoft’s recognition that the Rustock botnet is responsible for a number of criminal activities and serves to underscore our commitment to tracking down those behind it,” said Richard Boscovic, senior attorney for the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, in a blog post (opens in new tab).

“While the primary goal for our legal and technical operation has been to stop and disrupt the threat that Rustock has posed for everyone affected by it, we also believe the Rustock bot-herders should be held accountable for their actions,” he added.

Microsoft really seems bent upon obliterating the remnants of the botnet from the face of the earth.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.